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Grading modified during Distance Learning

Friday, May 15, 2020 — Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to distance learning, grading and report cards for SSP schools will look a little different this spring. The district recognizes the significant disruption to the school year and student learning caused by our shift to distance learning. Throughout this time teachers have been gathering evidence of learning, however it is difficult to assess the many benchmarks and standards teachers are typically able to do in a normal school setting. Read below for specific changes to elementary, secondary and preschool grading for this spring. 

Elementary Grading

The district has identified two essential, or priority, standards that teachers will report on via the end-of-school-year report card. During the week of June 1, families will receive electronic access to a modified report card that will share their student’s progress towards priority standards in literacy and mathematics. We know instruction was provided in all subject areas throughout the distance learning period, including media and technology, music, physical education, PYP units of inquiry, science, social-emotional learning, social studies, Spanish, and visual arts, however, the remaining report card categories will be left blank in acknowledgment of the significant disruption to the school year and student learning. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your teacher or principal.

Secondary Grading

Students and their families will have an option to select one of two grading scales for each class on their Trimester 3 report card, either A/B/C/D/No credit or Pass/No Credit. The default grading scale is A/B/C/D/No credit for all courses. However, if a student and family determines that Pass/No Credit is a preferred option for one or more courses, they can complete a brief request form before Friday, May 29, 2020 and submit it to the teacher(s) of the applicable course(s).

If a student’s final course grade is 60% or higher and they select the Pass grading option:

  • Students will receive credit for the course
  • The grade of Pass will have no effect on Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • The grade of Pass will not count toward honors ranking or honors status


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your teacher, counselor or principal.

Preschool Grading

Preschool teachers have also been gathering evidence of student learning throughout the distance learning period and families will receive a digital version of the modified report card (i.e., End of Year Summary) during the week of June 1.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your teacher or principal.